Popular golf courses around the world – Nebraska City News Press

The Masters Tournament is the first of four major golf championships in the calendar year. Competitors will play at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA in April 2020. Americans Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed are the final two Masters champions, and fans are already eager to see who will take home the legendary green jacket this year.

Televised golf competitions often entice people to hit the links. Golf enthusiasts may want to check out some of the best courses in the world, ranked by leading golf resources and experts.

· Ballybunion: This Irish course has been touted as ‘no less than the finest seaside course’ by renowned golf writer Herbert Warren Wind. The course hosted the 2000 Irish Open, but the lack of other tournaments can be attributed to its remote, albeit beautiful, location.

· Cypress Point: This club is located at the foot of the Santa Lucia Mountains, at the end of the Monterey Peninsula in California. Set in coastal dunes and rocky shores, Cypress Point is often known for its spectacular holes along the Pacific Ocean.

· Pine Valley: Located in Pine Valley, NJ, this course, over 100 years old, features formidable obstacles with sophisticated green expanses.

· St. Andrew’s: This historic course in Scotland has hosted the Open Championship (formerly known as the British Open) a record 29 times. Historians believe that golf originated in Scotland and people have been playing this course since the 15th century. Massive greens, cavernous bunkers and a brilliant layout contribute to its distinguished history.

· Shinnecock Hills: This course in Southampton, NY, is a very old club built in the tradition of Scottish courses. It was probably the inaugural design of the American golf course, and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club was one of the five founding members of the United States Golf Association.

· Augusta National: Home of the Masters, Augusta is considered by many to be a golfing paradise. Augusta’s sheer beauty has made it a staple on many golfers’ bucket lists, though only a few can walk its fairways with a club in hand.

Golf has a rich history, and that history is on display at various breathtaking courses around the world.

Michael C. Ford